Helensburgh Orchestral Society


Robert Baxter – musical director & conductor

Robert Baxter is a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where he studied trumpet. Since graduating he has worked, and continues to work extensively with every professional orchestra in Scotland. He has also performed with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Singapore Symphony, Tenerife Symphony, New London Consort, Manchester Camerata, Bruckner Orchestra Linz and Flanders Symphony.

He studied conducting with Ilan Volkov and Kristian Kluttig and has conducted the Lithuanian State Symphony and Scottish Ballet Orchestras. He has been Musical Director for the film composer Craig Armstrong in an evening of the composer’s music. He has also been MD for the Scottish Concert Orchestra, conducting for both Belle and Sebastian and Colours Classical in the SSE Hydro and for Celtic Connections in a televised concert from the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall with Chieftains and Kris Kristofferson.

He is MD for the Dunbartonshire Concert Band and the Helensburgh Orchestral Society where, apart from regular concerts, he has commissioned and premiered new works, toured and recorded. He conducts regularly for many regional youth orchestras and has been course director for the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland Spring Academy and conducted NYOS Juniors.

Robert has been guest conductor for the Dunblane Chamber Orchestra, RSNO Community Orchestra, Amicus, Glasgow Chamber Orchestra, Glasgow Orchestral Society and he also enjoys teaching trumpet and taking performance classes at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland junior department and for the Music School of Douglas Academy. Many of his students have gone on to study at leading music conservatoires throughout the UK.